TBR Check-In: Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi

Hi All!  It’s Becky, again.  I have wanted to read Aminah Mae Safi’s Not the Girls You’re Looking For since it was released in June of 2018.  I finally got a chance to listen to the audio book and my reaction was kind of mixed.

37419856.jpgTitle: Not the Girls You’re looking For
Author: Aminah Mae Safi
Note: I listened to the audio book.

Summary: Lulu Saad lives her life on her own terms.  She doesn’t care if she doesn’t quite fit into her father’s Muslim family or her mother’s Catholic family.  Lulu doesn’t care what everyone says about her flings with the male students at her private school. Lulu just wants to be happy and she is going to search out happiness where ever it may be or who ever it may be with.

Review: I had such a mixed reaction to this book.  Safi has written a book that touches on so many topics that need to be better represented in YA literature.  Lulu’s struggle to find her place in her family felt beautifully realistic and at moments Safi’s writing was almost poignant.  Safi was able to express the thoughts of many teen readers when Lulu explained that she needed to stick with her religious customs because those customs are her connection to her family half a world away.  She is expressing how hard it is to be a teen in a world filled with disconnections and expectations.  These thoughts about Lulu and her religion and her family issues where marvelous and we need to see more of this teen books.  We also need to see more books for teens about being comfortable with you sexuality.  Lulu understands her sexuality and is no way afraid or ashamed by her feelings towards boys.  This aspect was just awesome and empowering.  However, there were parts of this book that felt a little muddled.  There are a lot of characters that are not really distinguished.  I had difficulty keeping Lulu’s friends and her conquests straight and several times I found myself trying to remember which boy we should hate and which boy should we root for.  In that way the writing left me wanting a little more. Yet, the positive definitely outweigh the negatives in this book that is a unique addition to the YA lit world.

Final Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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